God Shammgod Rumors
While Smith still has a lot of acclimating to do in Dallas, there’s at least one familiar face: Mavericks assistant coach God Shammgod, who has been mentoring and training the young point guard for nearly five years. Shammgod and Smith first met at the Under Armour Elite 24 Camp, where Shammgod put him through some on-court work. “I met him when he was in 10th grade,” Shammgod said. “He’s always been amazing. He’s a special kid, on and off the court. Early on, [our relationship consisted] of a lot of mentoring and some on-court work. Now, there’s obviously a lot more live work. He’s like a brother to me.”
03 May 17
DunkWire 03 May 17
God Shammgod has a prophecy about Isaiah Thomas.
The “Shammgod.” It’s the holy grail of crossovers, a move so ruthless and lethal it has its own name. The name comes from God Shammgod, a point guard who played in college at Providence and briefly in the NBA for the Washington Wizards. He didn’t invent it, he just popularized it. It’s a move seen far more on the blacktop than on an NBA floor, but against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, Russell Westbrook unleashed one into a jumping no-look pass to set up a Steven Adams dunk, capping off a career night of passing in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 114-101 win. “Yeah, I tried it,” Westbrook said, laughing. “It worked.”
He first joined Cooley’s staff as an undergraduate assistant in 2012, but he is now a graduate assistant after recently receiving his degree. As he continues to gain experience on the sideline and help guards make huge strides, he’s being recognized as a coach with a lot of potential and the ability to help players better themselves on and off the court. “During my last year in China, I was kind of a player-coach and I had trained their National Team’s guards for the Olympics so that gave me my first taste of training players and coaching,” Shammgod said. “I decided to forgo the final year of my contract in China to come back to the United States and finish my degree. When I got drafted, I promised my mother I would finish my degree. So I decided to do that and when I returned to Providence, everyone embraced me so much. I started helping MarShon Brooks and some other guys work out. It was a great fit and it took off from there. That’s when I realized I wanted to coach.”
“The first person I ever trained in my life was Kobe Bryant,” Shammgod said with a laugh. “I was going into the 12th grade and he was in the 11th grade and we were at the ABCD Camp. We would get up early every day at the camp and I’d show him some dribbling moves and things like that. I’ve always liked to help other players and show them some things. That’s always been in me since day one, and I’ve kind of been training people my whole life without really knowing it.”